The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
Jesse L. Martin,
Dr. Marshall Cahill is the director of a government institute that employs various scientific geniuses, including the elderly Dr. Nicholson, who knows that Cahill's son Neil has plagiarized a dead man's theory of molecular structure. When Nicholson threatens exposure, Dr. Cahill murders him and cleverly makes the killing look like the job of a heroin junkie who needed his fix. But clever or not, another kind of genius is on the case: the rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo. Written by
Perhaps the most unusual "guest star" in the entire "Columbo" series is the robot who is programmed to provide Marshall Cahill with his alibi. Robby the Robot is best known for having starred in the Sci-Fi classic Forbidden Planet (1956) directed by Fred M. Wilcox, as well as in "The Twilight Zone". See more »
It's the second time in two days I've been treated like a kid.
When was the other time?
Uh, when Dr. Cahill asked me to go to the movies, yesterday. He's never done that before.
Is that a fact?
Does that mean somethin', Lieutenant?
Oh, I don't know, Steve, but when people do something for the first time, detectives always get curious.
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I found myself completely interested in this film from start to finish, it was really great. Peter Falk once again proves to be one of the definitive TV detectives. The story concerns a dead scientist, and it's a well made adventure from there on out. If you like Columbo, see this, NOW! You can't miss this.
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